The political debate is: Will Americans move away from free markets and toward socialism? According to the dictionary, “A transitional social state is between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism: socialism is the first stage of the worldwide transition to communism.”
Socialism may sound good to people struggling to pay bills and the younger generation, but we are heading down a dangerous path! Social isolation and COVID took a significant toll on families. There was confusion after January 6th, with politicians dividing Americans. Free speech and religious freedom are now under attack, and the national media has avoided covering bipartisan discussions.
The American people should demand open monthly debates between Democrats. Republicans and Independents. Many Americans see a troubling future of division, which translates into frustration, anger, and fear for their children’s future.
We can’t heal without honest discussions. There are many conflicting stories of what did and did not happen on January 6th.
For years, the media has been an “ambulance chaser.” Many programs focus on “If it bleeds, it leads.” Celebrities, gossip, clothes, makeup, food, movies, music, and sex are hot topics too. Today, Americans need programs that offer hope on issues that concern them the most. It is time to get creative and make informative programs interesting.
“We, the people,” have ideas and solutions!
The U.S. Constitution states, “We the People, to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility. provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” So why is the media biased toward one party or the other without including the people who create change?
The media can play a critical role in healing and reducing stress for people who care about issues that affect their lives. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Offer a one hour a week Forum on every channel. A discussion with citizens, experts, and representatives of non-profits. Exchange ideas with an interactive audience. End the show with a plan of action and contacts to answer questions.
- Address problems that concern Americans; January 6th, housing, cost of food, crime, violence, sex trafficking, Sextortion/Internet safety, education, home safety, youth empowerment, environment, parenting, child care, gender dystrophia, neighborhood involvement, police, Immigration, homelessness, suicide, stress, and anger, etc.
- Invite teens to participate; write their ideas, make a poster, write a poem or song about the subject.
- Have a contest where people can offer their solutions.
- Invite families and neighbors to work together on a project of interest and come on the show to share ideas with a PowerPoint presentation or video.
I’ve been a crime and violence prevention specialist for 40 years, and I was always surprised by how wise and creative people are at coming up with workable solutions. Citizens have the answers to our problems. TV programs can tap into a treasure trove of solutions from people working on issues that help their fellow Americans.
Politicians pass laws and spend our money! The media has much to gain if they start conversations to educate and discuss ideas and solutions that can stimulate meaningful community discussions. It will be “we the people” who save America. Let’s work together to make change happen.